Islanders 4, Canadiens 3

Three goal second period fueled Isles' victory over the Habs

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 10:21 PM ET / News
By Brian Croce
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Islanders 4, Canadiens 3
With the help of four second period goals, the Islanders cooled off the surging Montreal Canadiens and snapped a five-game winless streak, by taking a 4-3 victory on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders improved to 5-8-3 as four different players scored goals. Despite having won seven of their last 10 games, the Canadiens could not come all the way back after the Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and drop to 8-8-3 on the season.

Early in the first period, while the Canadiens were on their second powerplay of the game, Yannick Weber ripped a shot that Evgeni Nabokov turned aside, but he suffered an injury that forced him out of the game. Rick DiPietro made his second relief appearance of the season, making 24 saves on the night.

Mark Streit scores at 9:08 of the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The game was scoreless through one period, but it didn’t take long for the Islanders to convert in the second as they found the back of the net just 41 in. Budaj misplayed the puck behind his net and PA Parenteau made him pay, putting the Islanders up 1-0. The puck dribbled off the end boards and in front of the net for an easy tip-in for Parenteau.

Later in the second, Jay Pandolfo converted a cross-ice pass from to notch his first goal as an Islander and his 100th National Hockey League goal of his career.

“It was just nice to just get a goal,” Pandolfo said. “It’s nice to get a win most importantly. We’ve been struggling as of late, so it was big for us to find a way to get a win tonight.”

Matt Martin had a puck go off his skate in the offensive zone and took out two Montreal defensemen trying to track it down. That enabled Mark Streit to corral the loose puck just in front of the crease and poke it past Budaj at 9:08 into the second period to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

Travis Hamonic and David Desharnais lunge for a loose puck at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Canadiens would not go quietly, though. After a Mike Mottau turnover, Lars Elder found Max Pacioretty for a one-time slapshot that beat DiPietro over his left shoulder at the 14:52 mark. Minutes later, Erik Cole sent a shot past a sprawling DiPietro to cut the Canadiens’ deficit to 3-2.

Just 27 seconds later, the Islanders built their lead back to two when Matt Moulson found an opening between Budaj’s pads to give the Islanders a 4-2 lead.

Steve Staois took a boarding penalty with just under six minutes remaining in the game, and the Canadiens converted late in the powerplay when Mike Cammalleri found Brian Gionta, but it was ultimately too little too late.

We knew that we had to start winning games,” Travis Hamonic said. “This was the biggest game of the year so far. We did a lot of good things tonight and have to make sure we keep going in the right direction.

The Islanders will wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday when they play the Boston Bruins. They will salute the Islanders first captain, Ed Westfall, by inducting him into the Islanders Hall of Fame.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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